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Multiple Reviews

Alternative Guitar: Elif Yalvaç, Rachika Nayar, SkyCreature, Kristinn Kristinsson and Tristan Welch

Read "Alternative Guitar: Elif Yalvaç, Rachika Nayar, SkyCreature, Kristinn Kristinsson and Tristan Welch" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


There is something about the electric guitar that inspires players to utilize electronics to create a more complex sound than previously possible with a solo guitar. Electronic processing offers ways to dramatically alter the guitar's dynamic envelope and timbre, sometimes resulting in a guitar that does not sound like a guitar at all. Add on live looping and editing during the recording process, and it becomes possible to create a massive, complex sound: an alternative guitar. Elif ...

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SoCal Jazz

L.A. Jazz Quartet: Live at The Baked Potato

Read "L.A. Jazz Quartet: Live at The Baked Potato" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The Baked Potato in Studio City (Los Angeles) is an iconic little jazz club that has been serving it up hot, both live music and scrumptious baked potatoes, for a half century now. The intimate space has played host to a long and impressive list of jazz elites. With a pre-pandemic capacity of not much more than seventy-five people, the BP recently reopened with a maximum of just twenty patrons inside! It amounts to a private show. For the record, ...

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Album Review

Noah Haidu: Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett

Read "Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


American poet Walt Whitman said it. Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan said it, too, on his Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia Records, 2020). They said: “I Contain Multitudes." Pianist Keith Jarrett also contains multitudes—though it has never been reported that he has said so. Those multitudes include early work with the groups of drummer Art Blakey, saxophonist Charles Lloyd and trumpeter Miles Davis, before he connected with ECM Records in 1972 with Facing You, a recording that set an early ...

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Album Review

BEL Trio: Beyond Rivers

Read "Beyond Rivers" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Recording a guitar-and-rhythm trio can be a tricky proposition. First, the guitarist, who carries almost every melody, must be well-spoken and easy on the ears. Second, the bass and drums, if that is the format, must be supportive but not intrusive. Third, the music must be for the most part bright and engaging. And finally, the recording itself must be sufficiently clear and well-balanced that none of its members overshadows the others. Beyond Rivers, by the Swedish-based BEL Trio, checks ...

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Radio

Tomorrow’s Warriors: the Sound of London, Part 2

Read "Tomorrow’s Warriors: the Sound of London, Part 2" reviewed by Russell Perry


In the last hour, we explored the new London scene anchored by a broadly diverse set of players who share encouragement by the innovative educational group Tomorrow's Warriors. We featured music by Nubya Garcia, one of three tenor stars who are breaking out of the scene and in this hour we'll turn our attention to the other two, 37-year-old Shabaka Hutchings and 34-year-old Binker Golding—players, mentors, teachers and charismatic advocates for improvisational music.Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Zara McFarlane ...

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Album Review

Sakoto Fujii: Moon on the Lake

Read "Moon on the Lake" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Vanguard pianist/thinker Sakoto Fujii must work long hours to create so much music with so much attention to detail. The minutiae can be heroic swaths of vivid color or rumbling infidelities. Stumbling blocks or apex. You just never know. You can start right here at Moon On the Lake and get the whole thrilling story. Created live at Tokyo's famous Pit Inn and working with her first trio since 2013's Spring Storm (Libra), the music heard on Moon ...

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Album Review

Maria Grand: Reciprocity

Read "Reciprocity" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


In a mere decade composer and saxophonist Maria Grand established herself as a refreshingly singular voice on the creative music scene. Both as a side-woman and a leader, Grand has matured into an expressive artist with a fluid style and a warm tone. Her second full-length release, the enchanting Reciprocity, well demonstrates Grand's talents in a sparse trio setting. Inspired by motherhood, the recording brims with an exalted joy. “Creation, Ladder of Swords" has a deep spiritual aura ...


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